"Blacks make up 65% of Ferguson's population
, yet they accounted for 93% of arrests, 92% of searches and 80% of traffic stops in the city last year, according to a racial profiling report by the Missouri attorney general.
"Blacks in Ferguson are twice as likely as whites to be stopped by police even though police find contraband for 34% of whites stopped, versus 22% of blacks, said Scott Decker, a criminologist on a team contracted by the attorney general's office to compile the data."
The St Louis county police department has a history of racism,
which was brought to light by a whistleblower in recent years. An investigation into departmental racism
was launched earlier this year.